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Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos (Tinga de Pollo)

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos (Tinga de Pollo) recipe. Quick weeknight shredded chicken tacos, ready in 30 minutes


  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup beer (or water)
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder (or a chili powder mix)
  • 10- to 14.5-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes (get the “with chilies” style if you like it spicy)


  • Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Shredded cabbage (or shredded lettuce, or baby greens)
  • Pickled jalapeños (or sliced fresh jalapeños)
  • Lime wedges
  • (Plus your own favorite taco toppings)


  1. Sauté the onion and deglaze with the beer: Heat the vegetable oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium heat until the oil is shimmering. Add the onion and garlic, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Sauté until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the beer, scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen any stuck bits of onion, then wait for the beer to come to a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 3 more minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and tomatoes: Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the ancho chile powder. Add the chicken and tomatoes to the pot, and stir to coat with the onions and garlic.
  3. Pressure cook the chicken: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and bring it to high pressure. Pressure cook at high pressure for 10 minutes in an electric or stovetop PC, and then let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 more minutes.
  4. Shred the chicken and serve: Remove the chicken to a platter with a slotted spoon - it’s OK if you get some of the tomatoes. Shred the chicken using a pair of forks. Scoop as much of the tomatoes and onions from the pot as you can with a slotted spoon, and stir into the shredded chicken. Add a ladle or two of the liquid from the pot, just enough to moisten the chicken, and serve with the tortillas and accompaniments.


Ultra short-cut ingredients: Use 1/2 cup water, the chicken, salt, and replace the diced tomatoes with a jar of your favorite salsa. (It will already include sautéed onions and garlic.) Skip the sauté step, dump everything in the cooker, and follow the instructions starting with “Pressure cook the chicken…”


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican